The Blues had much to deal with on Tuesday, with six more of their lot getting Olympic assignments. There was lots of press, lots of questions, lots of international intrigue. And then there was a little issue of playing the 42nd game on the NHL schedule.

The Blues took care of that too, defeating the Oilers 4-2 at Rexall Place. The victory extended the team's winning streak to six and its road points streak to eight (6-0-2).

Chris Stewart, David Backes, Maxim Lapierre, Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrik Berglund scored goals, while goaltender Brian Elliott made 16 saves.

The evening had “trap” written all over it, as in big, gaping hole to fall through. The Blues nearly got sucker-punched when they renewed acquaintances with David Perron and the Oilers on Dec. 21 in the Great White North. The result was a 6-0 win, but the process was exasperating.

The visiting Blues were thoroughly out-played at the outset of that game, and out-shot 14-5 in the first period. This meeting was different … sort of.

“With all the drama, with all the Olympic stuff, I think you could see it really draining on people today,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We can play a lot better.”

With all the distractions, the potential for another tepid start was high. Keep in mind, the Blues have a 32-point standings edge over the Oilers, and a 10-3 advantage in Olympians. One of the Edmonton's Olympians – Russian defenseman Anton Belov - was a healthy scratch. You can add head-scratches here.

“There's the potential for (the trap),” said Backes, who got his 17th goal. “We looked at some of the film of the last time we played these guys and they took it to us in the first period.

“I think we came out better tonight. We still gave them too many chances. But (Elliott) was there to make some timely saves and we rattled our heads a little bit and got back in the game.”

The Blues dominated the opening minutes, out-shooting Edmonton 9-1 in the first eight minutes. But they still needed Elliott, who denied an unimpeded Justin Schultz and Jordan Eberle's rebound midway through the period.